Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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THE SIMILE OF THE DANCE.  It must now be regarded as a decisive sign of great culture if someone possesses sufficient strength and flexibility to be as pure and strict in discernment as, in other moments, to be capable of giving poetry, religion, and metaphysics a hundred paces' start and then feeling their force and beauty.  Such a position amid two such different demands is very difficult, for science urges the absolute supremacy of its methods, and if this insistence is not yielded to, there arises the other danger of a weak wavering between different impulses.  Meanwhile, to cast a glance, in simile at least, on a solution o this difficulty, it may be remembered that dancing is not the same as a dull reeling to and fro between different impulses.  High culture will resemble a bold dance, wherefore, as has been said, there is need of much strength and suppleness.  
 

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